A city government said Monday that six more civilians died and five “terrorist” suspects were killed by police in one of China’s most troubled ethnic regions, raising the death toll from weekend violence to 18.
Xinijang region in China’s far west has been on edge since nearly 200 people were killed in fighting between Uighurs and Han Chinese in 2009 in Urumqi, the regional capital.
Xinhua did not give a reason for the latest violence, but Xinjiang has been beset by ethnic conflict and a sometimes-violent separatist movement by Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group that sees Xinjiang as its homeland. Many Uighurs say they have been marginalized as more majority Han Chinese move into the region. Continue reading
Messages left on defaced Web sites have either supported or condemned China’s rule over Xinjiang, the western province where rioting killed nearly 200 people. Chinese government Web sites have become the latest targets, adding to online attacks against an Australian film festival and a Turkish government site.
Searches on Friday revealed a dozen Web sites of local Chinese government offices that had been defaced with messages in support of the country’s Uighur ethnic minority group.
The people who had to use those websites (I’m sure) is swearing in Aramaic.
The NEFA Foundation has obtained a new communiqué from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) titled, “In Occasion of the Communists’ Massacre of Our Muslim Nation in China and in Urumqi (East Turkistan).” In the statement, TIP’s military commander warned, “you ought to know that this Muslim people has men who will avenge them, and soon the knights of Allah will ambush you, Allah-willing, so await as we are with you awaiting.” The threat comes on the heels of ethnic riots in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, which have left nearly 200 dead and 1,700 injured.
Abdul Haq al Turkistani, the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party, threatened to attack Chinese embassies worldwide as well as targets within the country. Haq made his threats on a video that was released on an Islamist Internet site.
(…) Haq is considered influential enough in al Qaeda’s leadership circles that he is dispatched to mediate between rival Taliban groups as well as to represent the Shura Majlis in important military matters. In June, Haq was spotted in Pakistan’s tribal areas attending an important meeting with Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan’s overall Taliban commander. Haq and a senior delegation of Taliban and al Qaeda leaders traveled to Pakistan’s tribal areas to discuss the Pakistani military’s operation in South Waziristan. Among those in attendance were Siraj Haqqani, the military commander of the deadly Haqqani Network; and Abu Yahya al Libi, a senior al Qaeda ideologue and propagandist.
Human Rights Watch Asia researcher Phelim Kine says the discrepancy in numbers is why his group is calling for the Chinese government to allow an independent U.N. investigation into the incident.
“Both sides, the Chinese narrative and the narrative of the overseas Uighur groups, they lack independent verifiable documentation, so we really do not know, there is key data and key information about what really happened on July 5,” said Kine.
Chinese authorities say in addition to those killed, more than 1,600 were injured in the unrest. Late Wednesday, authorities in Xinjiang said that 235 more suspects have been arrested, raising the official number of those in custody following the riots to more than 1,400.
FP Passport has a really interesting post about the accusations Kadeer has made against China:
While China’s attempts to pressure other countries (and a movie festival in Australia) over the Uighurs have been pathetic, one point should be made in its favor: the Western media response has been rather curious – numerous publications are carrying the quotes, but none that I’ve seen mention any further proof, even from Kadeer herself, whereas the AP account before her visit to Japan noted that “China has not provided evidence” of Kadeer’s alleged role in the riots. This is not to question Kadeer’s account (China’s reputation for forging the facts when advantageous is well-established), but to ask: why merely repeat her words? 10,000 people in one night is a serious accusation by any country’s standards, and similar claims about other countries would not (and do not) get the same benefit of the doubt.
I agree: I believe this woman is exaggerating (as China is lowering the numbers). BUT I have to add that I don’t have any faith in UN doing anything “independent“, specially when there are Muslims. Although I believe that the practically lack of protests we saw when the Uighurs were repressed, show the Muslim world doesn’t have a lot of interest in their situation.